Pownal Elementary School

Welcome to the new school year!

If you need a copy of the 2014-15 school calendar, you can pick one up in the office or click on this link.

No School November 26, 27, & 28 - Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 26 is a Professional Day so there is no school and Thursday and Friday are the traditional Thanksgiving Break. Have fun with family and friends!

School-wide Field Trip
Tuesday, December 2, K through Grade 5 will be treated to an exciting trip to Merrill Auditorium in Portland for a back-stage tour of "The Nutcracker" production. This great field trip is given to our students through IMPACT and is one of the many great things IMPACT does for the students at PES. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have a passion for cultural education? Do you enjoy dance, foreign languages and customs? We are seeking two individuals who would like to help Marie Wendt plan what a Culture Club would look like at PES. This need would meet for 1 hour or so weekly to create a plan for the Culture Club. The next step will be to find volunteers to help implement the Club. Please contact Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com

Share with a classroom opportunity: Does anyone know why lichen, moss, bacteria and/or algae may be growing on gravestones? Does someone have expertise on being able to identify what is growing on the stones, why the growth is harmful - but also, what the different growth organisms can tell us? If this may be your talent, please contact impactpes@hotmail.com if you are interested.

Become a Volunteer
Do you have any talents, hobbies or special interests? We are looking for volunteers to share their special talents, hobbies or interests with PES classrooms. Teachers are always looking for ways to enhance their curriculum. IMPACT will be linking these resources creating community partnerships in education. Please contact Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com.

The L.L. Bean Gift Wrapping
Dates have been assigned and we will be wrapping on December 20 from 3-9 PM. In case you are new to PES, IMPACT has been fortunate enough in recent years to be chosen to participate in this fundraiser, where we provide gift wrapping services at the LL Bean store. Our organization makes $400 plus tips (which on a Saturday evening should be pretty good!). Look out for a Sign Up Genius for volunteer time slots after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hannaford Dollars
This program is nearly done. December 6th is the last date that you can earn Hannaford Dollars. As you are shopping for the "Turkey dinner goodies," check your receipts to see if you have earned any Hannaford dollars and turn them in to the drop off box at the Yarmouth store or bring them to the office at PES and we will turn them in for you. Thanks for your help with this worthwhile school program.

Mad Science
Mad Science will be taking a week off with no session on Monday, November 24th. This program will continue with December 1 and 8 as the final two weeks. As usual, this looked like it was another fun Mad Science adventure for our students.


Grade 4 Swim Sessions
There are only two remaining dates for grade 4 swimming. They are December 4th and 11th. Grade three will begin their sessions in January. The dates will be announced in a later newsletter.

The next IMPACT meeting is set for Tuesday, December 2nd at 6 PM. Please join us in the library. New members have been great to see at our meetings. Thanks for coming!

Remember to visit "Amazon Smile" for your holiday purchases this season. A small percentage of your purchase will be donated to IMPACT. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and choose Pownal Elementary as the beneficiary.

The "Close Buy" orders are in! If you have any problems with your order, please contact Meghan MacDonald at impactpes@hotmail.com. Thanks for supporting student enrichment programs through IMPACT.

Don't forget to pick up your CLYNK bags in the office.

More information will be coming on future fundraising and fun events, Nutcracker Performance, Citrus Sales and more.

Impact meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 PM. Keep watching for information and events that IMPACT will be doing this new school year and try to attend the meetings so you can be a part of the activities at PES!

Just some reminders:

If you shop at amazon.com and use the amazon link on the pes.rsu5.org web page, Impact will receive 10% of your purchase price. Bookmark this link to make it easier!

Clynk bags are available in the office for your Maine returnables.

Boxtops for Education” - We continue to collect Boxtops from General Mills products. As you save them, you can just drop them off at the office.The money earned from these boxtops go towards extra classroom needs, student rewards and other school-wide items.